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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 13/08/2007 12:01:26)

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This document constitutes my philosophical thoughts on the validity of Christianity. Its name and format are modelled on a well-known (and, of course, infinitely superior) work by Ludwig Wittgenstein. So as not to deceive the unwary, this evaluation is reluctantly negative. I am not a scoffer, so the evaluation is a serious one. However, I cannot see how Christianity or any other religious system can be made to work without either intellectual compromise or denuding the religious system of content.

The text of this document has not had a major overhaul in almost the last ten years, so my ideas have probably moved on somewhat in the interim. Readers may find the style rather inclined towards ex cathedra statements. This is because the document was written as an attempt to structure my views on these subjects rather than to seek to justify them in exhaustive detail. The web-based format does allow expatiation ad infinitem, and I will seek to progress in that direction in due course.

The document revolves around 20 basic assumptions1 into which my argument is broken down. I'm not yet happy that these are the best 20 and that there are no redundancies. However, given the whole document is geared around these fundamental tenets, I feel reluctant to change them until I have a clearer idea of how the structural change would affect the entire argument. So, we're stuck with them until inspiration strikes.

To find out more about each statement, click on the hyperlink2 to the underlying document, where the statement is broken down into more detail and, where possible, justified.

To commence reviewing the document, start here3 (which is the same link as those above).

My intention is to include pages for objections and responses. If you would like any of your thoughts included, please email me with them as below. I reserve the right to reject such material, though I hope not in the case where I simply can't answer it.

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Live Version of this Archived Note

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18/12/2010 19:58:05 4100 CT Introduction

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12/08/2007 10:17:46 2331 Christian Tractatus

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26/09/2007 20:41:17 4199 CT Introduction
15/08/2007 08:32:38 4201 Christian Tractatus

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